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What The Future Holds For Girls In STEM Careers

Evening Edition

Above: Kristie Grover, Executive Director, BIOCOM Institute discusses why more girls aren't engaging in STEM careers.

Aired 8/27/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests

Kristie Grover, Executive Director, BIOCOM Institute

Nancy Taylor, Executive Director, San Diego Science Alliance

Transcript

The technology industries in the U.S. are still dominated by men, and there have been lots of theories about the reason behind it.

Former Harvard President Larry Summers, who may soon be nominated to chair the Federal Reserve, once speculated that the disparity is because girls just don't have much aptitude for science and math as boys do.

Although some may still share that opinion, the evidence is to the contrary. Now, women who are in technology careers are working to get more girls interested in taking high-level math and science courses.

The fields we're talking about are called STEM- short for science, technology, engineering and math.

A panel discussion about efforts to get more women in STEM careers is scheduled in North Park Wednesday night and will be hosted by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego).

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